Friday, October 8, 2010

Mama Mia! Inspired by off-the-beaten-track adventures in Italy

It’s no secret that a trip to Italy is a sensorial adventure that will delight the palate and leave your mind filled with evocative memories. Once Upon A Table’s 3rd secret supper: ‘Mama Mia' takes inspiration from our own personal travels to this sun-drenched land. We’ve reflected on our most memorable journeys selecting recipes that once captured our imaginations and left our taste buds enticed. From Isola Stromboli off Sicily to the pastel coloured villages of Cinque Terre, Liguria to the mountains of Lombardy, Milan we will recreate off-the-beaten-track recipes that will leave you as captivated as they left us.

In true Italian style we look forward reliving our experiences with you through generous sharing platters, good conversation and a carefully selected wine menu that will bring out the flavour of each dish.

Join us on Saturday 6th of November at 7.30pm where we will share a 5 course experience of the flavours, aromas and sounds of our Italy.

Cost per head: $540 – This includes a 5 course menu served with generous glasses of wine which has been carefully matched by Elisa, our Italian friend and sommelier (see below for menu).

To be invited please email Sofia at by the 12th of October with a short description of one of your favourite meals from your travels. We will select 12 guests based on the best descriptions. We will confirm the guest list on the 14th of October by 8pm.

As always the secret venue will be revealed the night before via email & text message.

Buon appetito!

Mam Mia! Menu
Campari with soda & freshly squeezed orange juice

Antipasto di mare: Insalalata Di Polpos
Antipasto of the sea: A salad of baby octopus, potatoes & peperoncino served with 3 choices of extra virgin olive oil alongside roast vegetables & homemade foccacia
Matched with: Prosecco di Valdobbiadene - Zardetto (millesimé 2009)

Pasta alla Norma fatta in casa
Homemade Pasta alla Norma (freshly made on the day)
Matched with: Soave 2007

Osso Bucco con patate e fagioli
Osso Bucco with smashed potatoes & tender green beans
Matched with: Lagrein 2007

Limoncello fatto in casa
Homemade limoncello

Semifreddo alle nocciole e mandorle
Semifreddo with salted hazelnut & almond praline

Caffè e biscotti a due gusti: pistachi e zenzero, arancia e cioccolato
Coffee with biscotti of two flavors: pistachio & ginger, orange & dark chocolate

Una sorpresa alla fine
A final surprise